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US will consider same-sex partnerships in deportations

In a small but significant advance for gay and lesbian immigrants, the Obama administration has formally directed immigration agents to consider foreigners’ “long-term, same-sex” partnerships when deciding whether to stay their deportations from the United States.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday wrote members of Congress that she ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to issue written guidelines making clear that same-sex partners should be considered “family.”

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